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Whole school Art Exhibition 2014

By Mr Martin Hughes

Dear Parents and

Art Exhibition. It was a delight to attend the opening of the Art Exhibition last Tuesday.  The front lobby and the school’s corridors on all three floors in the main school building had been transformed since the children left the school the previous Friday.  The quality of the work on display is a testament to the children’s efforts, but also to the fantastic work that Ms Elaine Cowper has been doing throughout the year and across the whole school.  She has been assisted by Ms Judy Wang and latterly Ms Noi Muntzer.  I understand that every student in the school has at least one item on display.

Do remember that the Art Exhibition is on display for another week and a half.  Don’t miss the chance to visit and view the work.

Yearbook. We are pleased to announce that the second annual Yearbook will go on sale, ready to be distributed on Thursday, 18th June.  This year we hope to have a hardcover version with many of the exciting memories for the year 2013-2014.  An order form will be sent home very soon so that you can secure your copy of the Yearbook.  Please look out for this order form early next week, which will include the price of the Yearbook.

Personal Project Exhibition. A reminder that our Year 11 students are presenting their Personal Projects this week. The Personal Project is an individual piece of work which allows students to focus on their approach to learning and organisational skills, as well as attempting to develop a product or outcome. They have studied a variety of topics including painting, website development and dance and are excited to have the opportunity to show the community what they have achieved. The Personal Project Exhibition will take place on Friday, June 6th at 9.35am in the library following assembly. All members of the community are invited that morning to view their work and enjoy light refreshments in the library. We look forward to seeing you there.

Read-a-thon. The Primary Read-a-thon is well under way. We have completed 2 weeks of the given 4 weeks and many of the students are on track to meet their personal reading goal. If you are unsure of your child's progress please contact your child's homeroom teacher for an update. Many of the classes have Read-a-thon displays up showing all of the students reading. It is wonderful to see so many students reading and working so hard! Just a reminder that the Read-a-thon will finish on Friday, 13th June. We will then have a special Read-a-thon assembly on Monday, 16th June at 11:00am to celebrate Reading! We hope to see many of you there.

Reports and Student Led Conferences. Staff are busy finalising the reports.  These will be sent home on 13th June.

You will have a chance to see your child’s work and your child will talk through some of the work and the learning they have undertaken through the year.  They will be able to show you the digital portfolio that is a record of a sample of their work done throughout the year.  This will be done on Tuesday, 17th June at the Student Led Conferences (SLCs) which are for all students.  More information will follow on the SLCs which we really hope you are able to attend.  You may want to bring a USB along to the SLC so you can get a copy of your child’s digital portfolio.

When you receive your child’s report you may have some additional questions that are not fully answered by the report or the explanatory notes sent with it.  There will be an opportunity to arrange a meeting with the relevant teachers in the last week

Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs) and Saturday Sports. Just a reminder that this week is the last week for ECAs and for the playgroup.  Buses will be returning at 3:45pm for the last two weeks, apart from the last day when they will return at 1:15pm.

This Saturday (7th) is the last Saturday Sports for this school year.  Thank you to all who have attended and hopefully enjoyed using the facilities and to the staff, especially Sam Quan, that have come in to make sure all runs as smoothly as possible.

Best regards,

Martin Hughes


Forthcoming events

Tuesday, 3rd to Friday, 13th     Opening of Art Exhibition 9am

Tuesday, 3rd to Wednesday, 4th Y7-8 trip to Foping

Thursday, 5th                               Last day for ECAs

Friday, 6th                                    Personal Project Exhibition from 9:35am

Saturday, 7th                               Last day for Saturday Sports this year

Monday, 9th to Tuesday, 10th Y9-13 trip to Foping

Wednesday, 11th                        Graduation (Y13) ceremony and dinner

Thursday, 12th                            XHIS v Hanova football match

Friday, 13th                                  Reports for second semester sent home

Monday, 16th                              Read-a-thon assembly 11am

Tuesday, 17th                              Student Led Conferences

Tuesday, 17th                              Y6 Exhibition

Friday, 20th                                  School closes 1pm Buses leave 1:15pm

About the Author

Martin Hughes

Former School Principal

Mr Martin Hughes was the founding Principal of Hanova from 2012-15. Prior to his time at Hanova, he already had 23 years of experience as Principal in the UK and China at five different schools - including posts at Wuxi EtonHouse and EtonHouse's flagship Suzhou school. During his time as founding Principal at Hanova, he helped support the initial IB Diploma Programme authorisation (2014) and used his educational vision to help plant our then brand new school on a firm foundation. Under his leadership, Hanova's motto emerged, "Enabling children to become independent, creative and lifelong learners!"

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